CYLC 2024 Progress Pictures (M-Z)

Here are the participants in Create's Year Long Challenge (CYLC2024).

Participants are in alphabetical order by last name. This is the second half of the alphabet. Participants with a last name starting with M-Z are on this page.

Participants with a last name starting with A-L can be found here.

Completed projects can be found here.

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From Cindy McDaniel:

I started this in 2013 and has been in this state ever sense. Each store front is being named after my grandchildren. The store names are: Blake's Bakery. Brae’s Pet Shop. Kaydan’s Kristmas, Kylie’s Fabrics, Taylor’s Toys or maybe Taylor’s Hobbies, and Tesla’s Boutique.

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From Pam McDonald:

For 2024, I plan to furnish and landscape the quarter scale Visalian house that I built as my 2023 challenge.

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From Carla McIntyre:

Since I was able to finish a long planned project that kept getting pushed down the to do list last year, I’m up for the 2024 challenge! My project this year is to complete my “museum” display. I’m starting with 2 four-sided display boxes from Hobby Builders bought many years ago. Each corner will be finished to display a different collection from my stash. A sewing room, a European kitchen using Reuter Porcelain, and a man’s workshop are some of my plans. I will also remove one panel to display a Chinese style dining room that was from my mother’s stash. I’ve started gathering pieces that will be in each display but, it’s also become a bit catch-all as you can see.

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From Ann-Cary McLain:

At the recent Quarter Connection Mini Mart I was thrilled to acquire the Charleston Single - a kit I have sought for years. I plan to assemble, electrify, and furnish the house for my CYLC 2024 project.

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From Kathy McNeely:

 I decided to make a painter's studio roombox to display my miniature paintings as I work on them. I've planned a gallery for YEARS, maybe I'll get to it at some point, lol. My roombox kit arrived yesterday. 

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From Ray Mendonca:

This is the Venetian by Rik Pierce. He taught this class back in 2005 (!) and I purchased the completed exterior from a friend who never finished it. (I'll be giving her credit later!)

I plan to complete the 2 interior rooms, add lighting and furnishings, and turn it into an 18th century Venetian mask shop. Will include some Italian elements outside (like a Venetian lamp post) at the front corner of the shop, and will alter the front door entrance. The downstairs interior was wallpapered but I've begun to remove it.

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From Jan Mickelson:

I have selected the Acorn Wood Cottage in half inch scale for this year’s project.

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From Laura Miller:

I am going to try again with my Neverwillbe. I am determined to emulate the others that completed their year long projects last year and complete this. I got a lot done last year, but ended up breaking some of the items and having less done in September than in June. I have special boxes for everything and will be much more careful this year.

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Samantha Murray

Rinse and repeat. I’m continuing my challenge from last year with the Advent Calendar. 7 buildings down, 18 to go. IT WILL BE FINISHED THIS YEAR!!!

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From Linda Napier:

I was hoping to start the Adoorable shop last year after finishing the other project. Well, it's still in the box. I hope to complete it this year.

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From Mary Neely:

This is my Antebellum Ballroom. This was started with the FAME club a long time ago. It followed me to North Carolina and has been waiting patiently to be completed. All the components are in my stash. This is the year to finish the ballroom!

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From Brae Oktober:

My project is "The Persian." It is a latch hook chart by Patons scanned and printed on cotton, stitched entirely in French knots. The rug was started in 2017, and I've estimated the time to finish it is upwards of 200 hours.

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From Cinda Parent:

I am starting a Chinese Room box. I have painted the outside of the box and have some furniture and accessories. 

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From Marjorie Parker:

This poor Laser Dollhouse Designs Jazmine 1/2 scale has languished for years in a coat closet. Because I started it with no skills and made a number of mistakes, I doubt I can fully restore it. Yet it deserves to be finished and inhabited by its Victorian family. I am doing hybrid battery lighting with round wire and have never ever done shingles. 

I am also tickled by all the fellow challengees working on Joie de Vivre. I have one to finish too, and would not let myself buy any furniture until it was done. Maybe that will be my CYLC for 2025. One word to you, don’t get all hung up on all the custom paint mixes… unless you want to, of course….

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From Debbie Patrick:

A friend who was downsizing gave me these display kits. There are three kits which can be configured for 1-4 sections each. I have several collections in my closet which will be used to create museum style rooms. I’ll be starting with “A Museum of Yesteryear” and a museum room for “China”. I’ll use an entire kit for my Egyptian collection. The last box is being planned as a “Tribute to Disney” box. Thank You for continuing this Challenge!

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From Kathy Patrick:

I am hoping to achieve completion of my 2023 goal, which is finishing the entire dollhouse inside and out, one room at a time. I still have seven rooms (or areas) of the interior and several items of trim, shutter, roofing and bricking for the exterior. Here are pictures of the rooms of the interior yet to be finished.

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From Alician Pearce:

My main goal for 2024: I want to get the basic structure done on my book shop. If I get done early with that, then I will work on the kits for the insides .... that will be a bonus .....

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These will be bonus items if I get the structure done ...

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From Melody Petlock:

My goal for the 2024 NAME year long challenge is to make some progress on this display cabinet dollhouse I built about 7 years ago. I at least want to finish whatever is needed for the dolls to move in. (Flooring, baseboards, door frames, strip lighting, stairs, and any "built ins".
I call this dollhouse the Dutch House. It is the home of a Sea Captain and his very creative wife (M'Lady). The house is in some warm Dutch colony so a lot of the furnishings are white wicker.
They have been many places so have decorated their house with things collected on their travels.

The photos are a rough image that was the best I could find of the basic kit (Real Good Toys 20+ room showcase) and the current "secret shame" state of the house. M'Lady is not amused!

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From Caryn Pitts:

I finally started on this kit for the 2023 Challenge, but ran out of time at the end of the year to finish it.  So, my goal is to finish it this year and start on the flower shop I posted in my January 2023 picture!

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From Cheryl Polito:

I am going to continue working on my log cabin and think I will take the advice of working on it every day from a certain time so by December 31, 2024 I will have it finished inside and out. 

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From Marlene Prickett:

I am using a 7-shelf corner bookshelf to create a 6 apartment complex titled: Froxbury Mansions Phase II. So far I have assembled the bookshelf …

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From Jackie Rich:

I would like to complete this Christmas project. It will include the structure, furnishings, and landscaping.

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From Paige Riley:

I’m so happy that you are doing another CYLC! I was sad to miss it last year. I have been so busy working on renovations for other people, that I haven’t devoted much time to my own. I have had this house for a couple of years and haven’t done anything with it! As you can see, it’s a storage shelf at the moment! I am planning on some changes in its structure, as well as remodeling inside and out with a ‘70s theme. I’m hoping quarterly reporting will keep me on track and motivated.

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From Kelle Risoli:

I really want to try and get this completed. Fantasy Cottage revised into a Gothic Chamber.

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From Jeffrey Ritter:

I am submitting as my year long challenge the completion of this 3 building, nine room Amsterdam townhouse project. This project is the selected project for the Carolina state Day event on April 24, but I may need more time. I WILL need more time. The scale is 1:48.

I have watched several documentaries and films about Rembrandt and Vermeer, and we had a recent exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art on those painters and their peers. So, the upper rooms will be completed as if they are the art studios of 3 different artists, adorned with the props and garments found in a famous painting -- so it looks like everyone stepped away for lunch. On the center floor will be a servant's room, a prep room (with pigments, canvases, and stuff), and a fancy owner's bedroom. On the main floor will be a kitchen, two fancy rooms, a dining room, and an office. 

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From Connie Sauve:

Kringle’s Tree Farm started when my friend Don Silva, gave me the wood shack who made it from scratch. I happened to have the acrylic cover already, so I had the base made to fit the cover, which dictated the size of the project. I fell in love with the MacKenzie-Childs colorful truck and bought one on eBay. The truck fit in great with the shack and I decided to turn the scene into a Christmas tree lot. The shack will be selling Christmas items, there will be a split-rail fence around the whole scene with a gate. There will be a family buying their Christmas tree from tree lot. There will be lots of snow and lights, creating an iconic American Christmas scene.

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From Carin Shapiro:

I will be working on installing electrical, moulding, walls, and floors in this house. Of course, there are a few other projects going on at the same time, namely a flower shop, completion of a house in my VT house, and electrical repairs on a roombox. Enough to keep me out of trouble!

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From Bernadette Shustak:

I am hoping to restore my quarter scale Castle Stalker and finish these other kits.

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From Susan Skinner:

I would like to complete my project from the 2023 CYLC.

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From Kirsten Smolensky:

I want to finish Santa’s house which started as a $20 flea market find 4 years ago. It’s been stripped and partially electrified, but I want to finish it this year before Christmas. 

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From Helen Sparks:

This year I hope to finish decorating the inside of the 1/2" scale Colonial and also assemble Kiki's Magic Emporium (a gift from my grandkids).

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From Jodi St. Pierre:

This is my childhood dollhouse, at least 50 years old. It was stored in an old garage and evidently provided a home for a furry family. I thought it had been destroyed and thrown away due to flood damage. My son surprised me Christmas Day! It was packed behind some old boxes and he recently found it (and cleaned it out). I'm going to try to save what I can, including furniture, carpet, and that awesome green velvet wallpaper!

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From Barb Striethorst:

OK, I'll bite and try to finish my not completed 2023 Year Long Challenge "Loonie Toonie PLUS" store in 2024!!

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From Julie Stuckmeyer:

I started this castle in the summer of 2020 and got this far in a few months ... and it has sat on my shelf ever since!! My goal is to finish it "Hogwarts-style" as a companion to my Wandlyn Way Street of Shops (Petworth Studios' "Street of Shops for North American Wizards").

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And, because I'm a glutton for punishment (or I like to really challenge myself -- we'll go with that!) I'm also going to finish my Joie de Vivre ... inside and outside!

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From Fran Sussman:

This year I’ve gotten smarter. I’m going to commit to finishing something that is already started. This is a Georgian Babyhouse I took in a class with Geoff Wonnacott in 2018. I’ve been lighting and gradually filling it ever since. Only three rooms left, covering the edges, and attaching the doors. This is the year I plan to finish it. Hmmm … will I make it?

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From Julia Tchikine:

This year, I want to finish a roombox that I started a few months ago. It is a bathroom (see the bottom image), and I am trying to make most of the accessories and pieces by hand. I have completed some of it, but I would love to have all the accessories and furnishings completed by the end of the year, and maybe even get started on the exterior. 

I would also like to finish a roombox that I started recently (see the top image), but haven't made much progress on.

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From Barbara Thornton-Hill:

This is a series of projects I need to finish. 6-1/2 book boxes to fill from 2020, 6 suitcases to fill from 2021 and 13 or 14 kits from the 50th Anniversary to put together. I’d love to finish these projects. I had to move in the summer of 2023 and had to drop out with minimal progress so I'm reusing my 2023 Challenge for this year.

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The goal is to get my craft room in order by the end of 2024. This is my before collage.

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From Terry Unnold:

I really hesitated about jumping in on this challenge again, so I dithered about it until the bitter end. I’ve had this plastic monster for years, ever since I told miniature shop owner, Eileen Godfrey, that I had always wanted one. They were advertised in Nutshell News, I think in the eighties, but I had never seen one in a shop anywhere. Eileen thought there was a good reason for that since she thought it was a plastic monstrosity that she would never sell. She had acquired it in an estate from another shop that wasn’t able to sell it. She happily consigned it to the trunk of my car as a gift. It has really small rooms but there’s a very elegant version of it at the Museum of Miniatures in Carmel, Indiana to inspire me. Also nudging me on are my 1/12 scale Barbies who have seen the movie and want their own house this year!

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From Donna Vanaselja:

This is a project from Quarter Connection online. I built the initial structure and found my occupants, but then stopped working on it. It will be Snow White’s cottage with her dwarves in quarter scale.

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From Marcie Van Deren:

I am going to try to finish three (3!!) projects. They have hung around way too long. 
1. The 2009 AZ State Day RV ... Needs refurbishing and a landscaped base with the dust cover.  
2. Lace Shop ... Inside shop walls and floor are done. Furniture is started. Piles of lace to be turned into everything a lace shop should contain. 
3. The Thrifted Living Room ... Nothing is started. Have to build the room box. I have been collecting for it for a long time.

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From Denise Voelker:

This mess is going to be the Neverwas, which after a year has been nicknamed Never-maybe.

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From Sandra Whipple:

I plan to complete my half-scale cottage by adding a second floor, roof, electricity, furnishings and landscaping. 

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From Logan Wilhelm:

1/24" scale kit by Amy Yates. Plan to get the structure assembled.

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From Cat Wingler:

I plan to take the year to build, furnish and decorate, plus inhabitants, the Fairy Tale Book Nook by Debbie Young as a street of Christmas shops.

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From Tammy Witthaus:

The big project that I want to complete is Petalstone both inside and outside.

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My 2nd project to complete is my 1/2 scale Fairy B&B. This started as a class at 2016 Chicago International called Game of Stones that I modified. I need to complete the electrical, finish the top, complete the stone work, and the stream/water.

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From Marty Young:

This year I want to complete the build from last year (Debbie Young’s Charleston Single). I also want to complete Birdhouse Bluff (pictured) with the landscaping. Then I want to start the Neverwas. Everything is collected and is in plastic boxes. No need to show pictures of plastic boxes.

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From Stephanie Yue: 

I would like to give the 2024 Challenge a try.This is a picture of Robin Betterley’s Secret Cabinet monthly kits for 2023. I also have her 2022 kits but think maybe I can handle 2023 better.

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From Ellen Yunker:

I honestly can’t remember just when I ordered this lamp-roombox but I think it was 2012! Our club chose personalized kits and I think I’m the only one who didn't finish. However, I completed the French knot rug last year so I’m hoping to finish the whole piece in 2024. Thanks to the Create team for offering this incentive!

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From Estee Zeitlin:

The Year Long Challenge of 2023 propelled my progress which had me complete 4 of 6 rooms, one in each quarter. This year my goal is to continue this same Wesley Inn with the hope of designing the last two bedrooms along with two bathrooms, the hallways, the exterior, and the lighting.

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From Sharon Zingery:

This project was started during the pandemic. I must finish it. It will end up being a south west mission church. There’s supposed to be a courtyard on the side. Thanks for giving me a way to push myself to complete it.

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